We all make mistakes. But in the world of politics, it’s an art form. Sometimes they’re game-changers, or at least make the possibility of catching the front-runner more difficult. Some are Hail Mary passes gone terribly wrong. Not everyone will agree that everything here was a mistake. So without further ado, here’s our list of favorites from Election 2010, in no particular order, and focused on mistakes that could affect the outcome of a race. They’re mostly from Senate and governors’ races. We’re sure House candidates made plenty of mistakes, too, but most didn’t get national news coverage.
Dwight Crank prepares a voting precinct near Maysville, Ky. on Nov. 1 for the upcoming general election.
Meg Whitman, the Republican nominee for California governor, has been hurt by an undocumented housekeeper scandal, political inexperience, and perhaps even her own attack ads.
At a women's conference, moderator Matt Lauer challenges California's gubernatorial candidates to stop negative ads. Jerry Brown said he would if Meg Whitman did. Whitman skirted the issue.
The latest polls have Meg Whitman trailing Jerry Brown by some 13 percentage points in the California governor's race. She may feel she needs to do something to shake things up.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (c.) speaks to supporters at a Republican National Committee rally in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 23.
Meg Whitman trails Jerry Brown in a new poll of likely California voters. The episode involving her illegal Mexican housekeeper is hurting her, especially among Latino voters.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid has become the focus of the GOP's plan to take over the Senate, but will Obama's show of support help Reid beat his ultraconservative tea party opponent in this close race?
California's Proposition 19, which would legalize marijuana use for adults, is trailing 51 percent to 39 percent, a poll released Friday shows. But some say polling on this issue may be problematic.